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Car Trim Clips and Fasteners

Lloyd Russell
Written by Lloyd Russell

There are a thousand and one reasons why you would need replacement car trim clips. We have been supplying almost 1000 body shops across the country for 26 years so consider ourselves as experts on the matter!

Most people reading this will have had to find a highly specific trim clip for a specific vehicle at some point. Many of you would have had the pleasure of ringing up a dealership to get a replacement.

As you probably already know, a phone call like this to a dealership quickly becomes expensive. Many people are lost for words when they learn they are being charged £20 for what is essentially 2 plastic screws (because they are OEM). To top it off, for the privilege of paying this much, they are also probably going to have wait 2 months for it to arrive. (Because it's out of stock in the UK and needs to be shipped in from Timbuktu).

Most people (quite rightly) react to this sequence of events with great frustration, the prices can be exorbitant and the lead times are simply not practical.

If only there was a better way…

(As you might have guessed, from the title of this article, there is – aftermarket trim clips).

For some of the most die-hard car enthusiasts the word aftermarket can be a slightly dirty word. They feel putting anything on the car that is not OEM is something close to the mutilation of their pride and joy. It must be OEM for them.

Obviously, the vast majority of us (and our customers) are not like this. We don’t really care who sells us the part, we just want it to do the job well without getting overcharged. This is where aftermarket car trim clips come into their own.

Let's take a look at some of the benefits of aftermarket trim clips to give you an idea of why we think they are so darn great.


We’ll start with the most obvious thing first. Cost.

This is the first, second, and third benefit of buying aftermarket car trim clips. They are so much cheaper, literally a fraction of the cost of an OEM part (often 80% cheaper). Car door panel clips and fasteners that would cost you £30 from a manufacturer could cost you £6 if you buy aftermarket.

Need I say anymore on the matter?


One of the biggest things that you will hear when talking about aftermarket parts is quality. OEM fanboys seem to have an almost religious devotion to their chosen manufacturer. To them the brand is sacrosanct, and they find it literally impossible for anyone else to make something of similar quality.

Now in some cases, this can often be true. Highly engineered engine internals, for example, are probably better sourced directly from the manufacturer. The tolerance for nonoriginal parts in these situations is very low, and the smallest fault could result in total engine failure.

But let's be honest with what we are talking about here. We are talking about tiny bits of plastic and metal that are not exactly “highly engineered” in the first place. They are easy to replicate correctly.

We guarantee that if you put any OEM car clip next to one of our aftermarket offerings you would not be able to tell the difference. They are identical in size, shape, material, and colour. They fit perfectly, every single time.

Now admittedly this is not always the case with aftermarket car trim fixings (or any aftermarket part for that matter). There are some companies that are in the aftermarket business to make a quick buck. They make products that are “kinda” similar, and “kinda” work. These are the products that give the whole aftermarket industry a bad name.

Luckily for us (and you) the brands that only make quality products are well known. Reputation is everything in the aftermarket car clip industry. We know who makes the good stuff, and who makes the rubbish. We only ever work with the most reputable brands who provide the most reliable and accurate vehicle clips time and time again.

Any one of the parts listed on our virtual shelves will be identical to the OEM part in every way shape and form. They will work as good (or better) than the original. Guaranteed.


Anyone who has had to deal with getting parts direct from a manufacturer will already know about this. But manufacturers seem to move at a snail pace. It seems like they have warehouses the size of matchboxes because their products are never in stock. More often that not they will have to “order them in” for you. Which can literally take weeks.

We have over 600 trim clips and fasteners in stock – all the time!

Call us up and we can get the part delivered to you next day delivery (as standard). Your customers will be happy, you will be happy, and let’s face it – we will be happy too!


This isn’t really a benefit of the actual product itself. It's not tangible and it’s a strange thing to try and explain. But the feeling you get after being able to tell [insert any of the world's car manufacturers here] to do one because you can get the same part for a fraction of the cost is beautiful.

Thanks to the internet, the monopoly manufacturers had on replacement parts is gone. And if we are totally honest, it feels amazing.

It's such a wonderful thing to have an option that is not borderline extortion. If we are honest, it feels great that it probably annoys the manufacturers too.

Why Choose Us?

So by now, we are hoping that you are as excited about aftermarket car trim clips as we are!

We stock a wide range of aftermarket car trim clips and fasteners, in fact, we are quite possibly the largest stockist in the country. If you need a part, there is a very good chance we will have it on our shelves waiting for your call. (At up to 80% cheaper than OEM prices)

We have extensive experience in the aftermarket parts industry. We know how annoying it can be to get a part that doesn’t quite fit right. It's super important to us that we only work with the most reputable, and well-known brands.

(Let’s face it, we don’t want to spend our days dealing with £6 faulty refunds any more than you want to return them).

Every single one of the brands we stock has stood the test of time. Their reputations are impeccable, and they produce high-quality products time and time again. Every single product we stock will fit perfectly, just like OEM.

This is something you will not find anywhere else. We know our parts intimately, we know how good they are, and we know for a fact that they will do the job.

And to top it all off, we offer next day delivery as standard. No waiting around twiddling your thumbs for a manufacturer to get a part. Make a call today (or shop online)and you can be putting the part on the car tomorrow.

Simply put, with aftermarket car fix clips you can lower your prices, or increase your margins (or do both at the same time!)

So why not be part of the aftermarket revolution, and join thousands of auto repair professionals saving 80% on their car trim clips and fasteners in the UK each day.

Topics: trim clips, autobody repair

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